Book Chapter
Causes and Consequences of Talent Mobility

This chapter takes a fresh look at the topic of international mobility examining talented and highly educated individuals. It highlights the potential of ‘brain circulation’ embedded in the greater mobility of graduate students, professionals, information technology experts, entrepreneurs, cultural workers, and others in the world economy. In some fields, such the global health sector, the concerns of brain and human resource drains are still very valid. The research in this book and the literature on the topic have identified several factors that affect the mobility of different types of talent such as international differences in earnings and development gaps, the demand for capital and new technologies, concentration effects and the location of capital, markets and talent, and policy regimes and immigration policies in recipient countries. The effects of talent mobility on international development, economic growth, income disparities, international transfers of technology, and the circulation of ideas are herein investigated by expert international contributors.


'The International Mobility of Talent brings together the best research in this critically important subject, identifying the roles of creativity, knowledge, ideas, and skills that go beyond trade and capital as the movers of economic development.' - Richard Florida, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, author of The Rise of the Creative Class

'Andrés Solimano has skilfully edited the contributions of many experts to present a comprehensive analysis of one of the least examined dimensions of globalization. This important work examines the international mobility of talented individuals and the way that they disseminate ideas as they move from country to country, which in turn impact on economies in both the developed and the developing world.' - David Parrish, International Management Consultant and Trainer:

'This is the highest talent writing about the mobility of talent, now a subject central to development. This book deserves a warm welcome.' - Alice H. Amsden, Barton L. Weller Professor of Political Economy, MIT